Recreational vehicles had a steep and bumpy road in the recession, but their sales have accelerated since, with 2013 the strongest year since 2007, the industry’s main trade group said.

That momentum will be evident at the 19th annual Atlantic City RV & Camping Show this weekend in New Jersey’s Atlantic City Convention Center. According to a report by the Press of Atlantic City, it represents the last show in the state before the tourism season and will feature 51 exhibitors, seminars and giveaways.

The show and the industry have a special significance in South Jersey, home to the majority of the state’s campgrounds. Cape May County alone has nearly 15,000 campsites.

“Last year really came roaring back, especially toward the last half of the year,” said John Worthington, marketing director for Driftwood RV Center in Dennis and Egg Harbor townships.

“We really hit a bottom point in 2008 and 2009,” he said. “There’s pent-up demand, from people who have been considering it but were hesitant with the economy. Now they’re feeling more secure and coming back.”

Driftwood RV will have one of the largest presences at the show – at least 50 units from pop-up trailers to large motorhomes, Worthington said.

Sales trends are focusing on two different sectors, he said.

These include bigger fifth-wheel travel trailers decked with amenities such as outdoor kitchens, as well as smaller, towable pop-up campers that sell in the $6,000 to $9,000 range, he said.

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